By Kesny St. Louis
Many of us may not experience persecution like Peter’s original audience, but we all are suffering in some way.
1 Peter is written in the context of suffering to offer hope to the persecuted Christian of his time. This
world is broken, and we need hope to live in it. 1 Peter gives us a tangible hope for living in times of
suffering in 1 Peter 1:3. Just after Peter greeted his audience he breaks into praise. “Praise be to the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” There are few reasons for having up and thus perseverance in times of suffering. First, we are “elect.” We have been chosen. This means we have special status. Second, “grace and peace” will follow us if genuinely ask for it. Third, we have “incorruptible and defiled inheritance awaited us.” ” All our suffering and discomfort in this life has purpose in this life. 1 Peter 1:7 tells us, “the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus.” The suffering is to test the genuineness of our faith. You do not truly know someone until you see his response to suffering, until she is broken. The reflection of our faith is display in how we deal with suffering of our lives.